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Recent Posts in Oil Field Accidents Category

  • Top 3 Oil Field Accidents

    || 15-Feb-2018

    Drilling for oil can be extremely dangerous work. Nearly every aspect of the drilling and extraction process has the potential to create a serious accident or cause severe injury. Employees who work in the oil fields face the risk of injuries caused by sudden explosions and exposure to toxic chemicals. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), more than 4,000 oilfield ...
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  • Oil Field Accidents: When to Involve a Lawyer

    || 15-Jan-2018

    Drilling for oil is an incredibly dangerous job. The risk of injury and death can be incredibly high, from drilling to extraction. Not only do oil field workers use industrial machines, but many oil fields can experience explosions if a stray spark comes into contact with the flammable material. According to OSHA, 823 oil and gas extraction workers were killed on the job from 2003 to 2010. ...
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  • Texas is Responsible for 40% of U.S. Oil Field Fatalities

    || 11-Jan-2018

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas accounted for approximately 40 percent of the 663 workers that were killed throughout the United States in oil field-related industries between 2007 and 2012. An investigation by the Houston Chronicle revealed the failure of the federal government to implement proper safety standards and procedures. Additionally, the investigation also shows ...
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  • Oil Boom Leads to More Deaths

    || 9-Jan-2018

    For more than a decade, the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry experienced exceptional growth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the overall workforce doubled in size and the number of drilling rigs increased by 71 percent from 2003 to 2013. Unfortunately, these increases correlate with a substantial increase of oil field and onshore drilling accidents, injuries, ...
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  • Dangers of Oil Fields Increase When "Roughnecks" Work Solo

    || 14-Aug-2017

    Tragedy struck Midland County when an oil-field worker (roughneck) was found dead earlier this year. The worker was identified as Paul Stuart, who was working alone on a drilling rig. His body was found near County Roads 170 and 1110. One of the things that makes a roughneck’s job more dangerous is working alone. Mr. Stuart fell into a spool of cable and got tangled in the cords. He was only ...
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  • Texas & Louisiana Ranks High Among Deadliest States to Work

    || 17-Jul-2017

    Texas and Louisiana are some of the deadliest states to work in according to a new study. Both states rank high in injuries among oil and gas workers, according to nearly 20,000 injury reports filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. According to the study, Texas ranked 5 th on the list with its most dangerous industry being oil and gas support. Similarly, Louisiana ranked ...
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  • Oil Industry is Booming, but Workers Are Slow to Return

    || 16-Jun-2017

    The oil industry is back on the rise after a severe price drop in 2014. The drop lead to widespread layoffs as companies struggled to handle the reduced price of oil. Now, the industry is growing again, but not enough workers are returning to oil companies. It’s been a slow process for oil companies looking to hire on experienced workers. Many workers moved to other places after the ...
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  • Flash Fires: What Oil & Gas Workers Need to Know

    || 13-Jun-2017

    Flash fires are sudden, intense fires which are caused by the ignition of flammable substances in the air, such as gas or combustible particles. These fires rarely last more than a few seconds, but flash fires still can have devastating effects. Unlike fueled fires, which will burn longer, flash fires burn threw their fuel source in a matter of seconds. Because of this, different precautions need ...
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  • Fatigue a Contributing Cause of Oil Field Accidents

    || 17-Apr-2017

    When a work accident occurs in the oilfield industry, companies are determined to find the exact cause to prevent future incidents. Poor supervision, insufficient training, and ignoring procedures are common contributing factors to oilfield accidents. However, when it comes to fatigue being the main cause of an accident, figuring out how it plays a role can be challenging. Since various industries ...
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  • Oil Field Injuries Increase in Texas Shales

    || 10-Apr-2017

    Oilfield work is known to be one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States and the rest of the world. However, oilfield shales have substantially increased in recent years in many states, such as Texas, North Dakota, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. Texas is considered the largest producer of crude oil and natural gas in the nation. Unfortunately, injuries and fatalities occur frequently ...
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  • Feds Plan to Investigate Increasing Deaths & Working Conditions in Oil Fields

    || 29-Mar-2017

    The oil boom in Texas, North Dakota, and elsewhere has propelled the United States as the world’s leading energy provider. Unfortunately, the oil field industry is also responsible for many deaths of oil field workers. In an effort to improve safety, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is set to examine the contributing factors which cause accidents, injuries, ...
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  • Oilfield Workers Face Hazardous Hot Working Conditions

    || 13-Mar-2017

    A new hazard alert addresses fatalities related to hot work on oilfield tanks, tankers, and similar equipment to prevent them. According to the National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety (STEPS) Network, 28 workers were killed due to fires and explosions related to hot work in oil and gas operations. Hot work consists of the following: Welding Burning Activities involving ...
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  • What Dangers Do Oil Field Workers Face?

    || 8-Feb-2017

    The State of Texas is one of the leaders in the oil and natural gas industry and employs several thousands of workers. Oil is one of the most precious resources used in the modern world, as it bolsters much of the state’s economy. Oil field employees sacrifice a great deal on a daily basis. The workplace is not always an ideal working situation, as employees face many dangers. In fact, oil ...
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  • Oil Platform Company Blamed for Texas Oil Rigger's Injuries

    || 18-Nov-2016

    Earlier this month, Dwayne Champagne filed a lawsuit against Fieldwood Energy LLC, GOM Shelf LLC, Apache Corp. Eaton Oil Tools Inc., DLS LLC, D&L Salvage LLC and DLS & Marine Services LLC claiming they failed to provide a safe workspace. On October 6, 2014, the complainant was working as a rigger off the Gulf of Mexico when he was seriously injured. He suffered a left-hand partial finger ...
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  • 2 Workers Dead After Accident at West Texas Drilling Rig

    || 29-Sep-2016

    Earlier this month, two workers were killed following a drilling rig accident in Denver City. According to local Sheriff, Donald Corzine, two men were working at the Norton Energy Drilling site when the mechanical accident occurred. There are currently no details yet released regarding what exactly caused the mechanical accident. Officials reported that one worker died at the scene of the ...
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  • Oil Field Crash in Southern Texas Kills Five & Injures Three

    || 20-Jan-2015

    On Thursday, January 15, 2015, five men were killed on impact after their vehicle caught fire after colliding into a tanker truck carrying crude oil on an oil field highway in South Texas. The accident took place in the center of the fracking field located just southwest of San Antonio. While it has not been confirmed, it is believed that the five men who died were oil field workers. In addition ...
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